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Sepp Blatter deserves Nobel Prize, says Russian President Vladimir Putin

Despite investigations of corruption in the bidding to host the 2018 World Cup, Sepp Blatter assures Russian president Vladimir Putin that the country will have FIFA's full support leading up to the tournament.

Russian President Vladimir Putin believes FIFA chief Sepp Blatter is innocent of corruption, and even deserves a Nobel Prize.

Putin, whose country will host the 2018 World Cup, met Blatter before the event's preliminary draw on Saturday and said the leader of the football's under-fire world governing body had his respect.

"We all know the situation developing around Mr Blatter right now," Putin said in an interview with Swiss broadcaster RTS. "I don't want to go into details but I don't believe a...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Russian FA in denial over racism - Football Against Racism in Europe

Despite investigations of corruption in the bidding to host the 2018 World Cup, Sepp Blatter assures Russian president Vladimir Putin that the country will have FIFA's full support leading up to the tournament.

The Russian Football Union (RFS) is in "denial" over the issue of racism according to anti-discrimination group Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE), and must take a tougher stance ahead of hosting the 2018 World Cup.

The RFS has come under criticism this week for imposing a two-match ban on FC Ufa's Ghanaian player Emmanuel Frimpong for his reaction to alleged racist abuse.

Spartak Moscow, whose fans were accused of taunting the former Arsenal midfielder, were not punished. Spartak were...

 By PA Sport

Sepp Blatter: Russia will be 'fantastic host' for 2018 World Cup

2018 World Cup Chief, Alexey Sorokin, claims that questions over the bidding process are behind them.

Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter told Russian president Vladimir Putin that the country would be a "fantastic" host of the 2018 World Cup.

Speaking ahead of the draw for the qualifying stages of the competition, Blatter -- who announced his resignation amid a corruption scandal sweeping world football's governing body - said FIFA had "complete trust" in their Russian hosts.

Blatter met Putin shared the stage prior to the draw at St Petersburg's Konstantinovsky Palace.

The 79-year-old Swiss said:...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Alexey Smertin replaces Hulk at 2018 World Cup draw in Russia

Sepp Blatter has arrived in Russia ahead of the preliminary 2018 World Cup draw.
Zenit St Petersburg striker Hulk is embarrassed by the level of racism in Russian football.

Alexey Smertin will replace Hulk as an assistant for the preliminary 2018 World Cup draw in Russia on Saturday, FIFA has said

Zenit St Petersburg star Hulk had been due to act as a draw assistant despite his recent complaints that he witnessed racism in "almost every game" in Russia

The Brazil international said he was "flattered" by the invitation to take part in the event in St Petersburg, but he will no longer take part.

Russia newspaper Sport Express reports that Zenit boss...

Sepp Blatter finally leaves Switzerland, arrives in Russia for World Cup draw

The ESPN FC crew revisit FIFA's Executive news conference and examine some of the global newspapers suggesting that Michel Platini will replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA president.

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Sepp Blatter left the security of Switzerland for the first time in two months on Thursday, arriving for the 2018 World Cup qualifying draw, with Russia saying that communication with FIFA has been disrupted by the corruption crisis.

Blatter will no longer be FIFA president by the time of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, with the 79-year-old Swiss due to leave office in seven months after almost 18 years in power.

The uncertainty about the leadership of world soccer is creating...